Preparing Files – For best results, please prepare your file.

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FILE FORMAT:

Please make sure all files are print ready.

We accept the following file formats for digital printing:
.pdf, .ai, .eps, .psd, .indd

For photo printing (Please refer to Resolution):
.tiff, .jpg

RESOLUTION:

All file formats must have a minimum of 300 dpi (dot per inch) resolution.
The images designed for the web are done at a low screen resolution of 72 dpi. Print images need to be created at 300 dpi or there will be a substantial drop in the image quality.

BLEED:

WHAT’S A BLEED?

Bleed is the portion of the product that will be trimmed off when it is cut to the final size.

WHY BLEED?

The purpose of a bleed is to continue a color, image, or design to the edge of the product. Due to the possibility of shifting in the trimming process, a bleed is required to ensure that a white line does not show on the edges of your product.

We require ALL files to be built to the full bleed dimension specified for each trim size. (exa. 8.75″ x 11.5″ will be trimmed to 8.5″ x 11″)  The bleed is then trimmed off of each side, which will result in the desired final (or trim) size.

Please build your print-ready digital files by adding the appropriate bleed to your file (min bleed is .25″ all the way around the document). There maybe an additional charge to cut to bleed, make sure to ask one of our Print Associates.

FONTS:

a. Fonts must be embedded in PDF files.
b. Fonts must be outlined or converted to paths or curves in EPS files.
c. Some fonts have copyright restrictions and will not embed in PDF Files.

SAFE ZONE:

All critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.) must be kept at least 0.25″ inside the edge. Anything left close to edge may be cut off during trimming.

BORDERS:

Please allow .25″ cutting space around your card. No borders are recommended, as shifting in the cutting process may make borders appear uneven.

We do not recommend crossover images and/or copy, as these elements may be lost in the gutter and may not line up after binding.

Please keep all critical images and/or copy within the Safe Zone to ensure these elements are clearly visible and there are no line-up registration issues.